CONTENTS:- Preface; 1. Ecotourism for Sustainable development; 2. Ecotourism Planning; 3. Sustainable ecotourism and Globalisation; 4. Nature-based Tourism and Biodiversity Conservation; 5. Ecotourism and natural resource Management; 6. Economic Viability of Ecotourism; 7. UNEP Principles of Sustainable Tourism; 8. Charter of Sustainable Tourism; 9. Berlin Declaration on Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism; 10. Charter of Sustainable Tourism; 11. Berlin Declaration on Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism; 12. Global Code of Ethics for Tourism; 13. Quebec Declaration on Ecotourism; 14. Responsible Tourism in Destinations: The Cape Town Declaration, 2002; Bibliography; Index.
Ecotourism can be defined as travel to natural areas that both conserve the culture and the environment while sustaining the well-being of the local inhabitants. It is currently the fastest growing sector of the global tourism industry. It offers countries the opportunity to capitalize on their natural attractions and to gain all the economic benefits that tourism has to offer without destroying the resources that they are based upon. Ecotourism is often perceived as an excellent tool for promoting sustainable development in developing countries. In order to succeed, ecotourism must account for social, economic and environmental implications. A much more balanced and integrated principles of sustainable development, is essential to maximize the negative impacts of ecotourism. The book presents an overview of the ecotourism industry and a comprehensive account of its potential to enhance sustainable development. It will be an important guide for students and researchers of tourism and sustainable development, as well as for anyone interested in becoming an ecotourist.